Thursday, December 27, 2012

Daily Thoughts 12/27/2012

Rudolf Ernst later exhibiting as Rodolphe Ernst (Vienna, 14 February 1854 - Fontenay-aux-Roses, 1932) was an Austrian-born orientalist painter in Paris. The Reader

Daily Thoughts 12/27/2012

This morning, I read a little bit more of Management Basics for Information Professionals, 2nd Edition.  I am reading about performance appraisals and how people are reviewed.  It is interesting material.

This morning, I checked the Facebook and Twitter for the library and the displays.  More new books are coming in.  I got a call about ebooks this morning.  We get our electronic materials through the Westchester Library System which has Overdrive, Freading, Freegal which is a downloadable music service, One Click Digital which is a service for downloadable audiobooks, and Tumblebooks which are animated children's picture books.

I also checked the gift books.

There is another Special City Council Meeting on Friday morning at 10:00 discuss the budget.
There is also a meeting at night at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the annual estimate as well on the City of Mount Vernon website.  I am going to the 7:00 p.m. meeting to show support for the library.

On the way home, I read some more of Management Basics for Information Professionals.  I am on the section on managing budgets.  The concept of a budget as a control device is new to me.   I have some idea of how to read financial statements, but not how they are made.  Hopefully, it will be enlightening.

I watched the original animated version of The Hobbit with John Huston as the Voice of Gandalf the Grey which was made in 1977 tonight.  I remember seeing it as a child.  Now there is a nice live action film which is out.  I will probably wait to see it on dvd.

Web Bits

Watch Junot Diaz on Myths and Libraries

Libraries and E-lending: the 'Wild West' of  Digital Licensing?

Libraries Try To Update the Bookstore Model
The issue with this story is that bookstores are changing their model.  The traditional bookstore model no longer works that well.  It is not a good idea to adopt a big box strategy in an internet focused world.  There is a new model for bookstores being created by a group called the Kepler 2020 project

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